City woman proves top 'mumpreneur'

Mother-of-six Bec Draper shows off her fair trade handicrafts to Ezra (front), 3, and husband Brendan with Isaac, 1, and Noah, 9. Mrs Draper has been nominated for The AusMumpreneur Awards.
Mother-of-six Bec Draper shows off her fair trade handicrafts to Ezra (front), 3, and husband Brendan with Isaac, 1, and Noah, 9. Mrs Draper has been nominated for The AusMumpreneur Awards. David Nielsen

WITH six kids to raise, running a business would be the last thing on a lot of people's minds.

But Raceview mum Bec Draper not only started a business but one that is helping provide for children in third world countries.

Her business, Esther Parties, has been nominated for a 2012 AusMumpreneur award, honouring mums from Australia and New Zealand who have founded their own businesses.

"It's all pretty exciting; I only started the business 10 months ago, so for it to be nominated for this award is amazing," she said.

Esther Parties sells a range of fair trade products made by artisans from impoverished African, Asian and South American countries.

Mrs Draper sells the items directly from the Esther Parties website, at markets and runs in-house parties with the handicrafts.

She buys some products directly from charitable organisations in Rwanda and Uganda and dealers who purchase works from across the world.

The profits Esther Parties make are then donated back to charities and to support the Ashan Children's home in Ghana.

"They have 80 children there that we've been trying to help for a while," Mrs Draper said.

"I really like the idea of ethical products, and they're quite environmentally friendly as well.

"We provide a market for artists who struggle to find hope amidst the poverty by creating beautiful handicrafts and homewares to sell.

"We sell these through a party plan system, with our consultants earning a commission payment, and we donate the profits to others living in poverty, less able to support themselves, such as orphans and those with disabilities.

"I love recognising the great skills I've developed as a mum, and building them into something that will continue to give me direction, passion and purpose when my children are grown.

"I value the opportunity to mix parenthood and business; to prove you can do both at the same time."

Finalists in the AusMumpreneur will be selected by a public vote at with voting closing at midnight on Sunday, July 22.

The winners of the awards will be announced at a presentation dinner in Sydney on Saturday, September 8.

Greens fight and fuss but shark nets are coming

The NSW Government has vowed to reintroduce old-style mesh shark nets to North Coast beaches.

Mesh shark nets almost certain to arrive at North Coast beaches

Killer Dreamworld conveyor belt almost drowned man

The system and ride was investigated by Workplace Queensland

Dreamworld deaths: How could it have happened on this ride?

Thunder River Rapids is the last ride you could imagine such horror

Local Partners

The Bachelor contestants find love with each other

Former Bachelor contestants Megan Marx and Tiffany Scanlon have confirmed their relationship on social media.

MEGAN Marx and Tiffany Scanlon confirm relationship on Instagram.

Liam Payne wants to wed Cheryl Fernandez-Versini

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Liam Payne

Liam Payne reportedly wants to marry Cheryl Fernandez-Versini

Bindi Irwin 'honoured' to make MAXIM HOT 100 list

Wildlife Warrior named among Australia's most beautiful women

Len Wiseman files for divorce from Kate Beckinsale

Kate Beckinsale

Len Wiseman has filed for divorce from Kate Beckinsale

First look at Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life series

Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel in a scene from the TV series Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.

NETFLIX drops first trailer for its revival of fan favourite.

Hugh Laurie will get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie is set to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Tough times in CBD: Woolies says goodbye Ipswich

Woolworths in the Ipswich Mall.Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times

The last day of trading will be January 1

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

How to fit 100,000 new homes on the Coast

Property, real estate, housing, suburb,  August 2016

Fitting 2m extra people in south-east Qld in 25 years a balance

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June